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Location: Seattle WA
Joined: 09/15/2009
Posts: 2
New to hunting in Washington. Where should I go?

Hello all,

I am a student living in the Seattle area and new to hunting. The idea of getting out into the wilderness and enjoying its splendor and possibly being blessed with the chance to bring home some deer meat for the winter is very exciting. I am thinking about heading over to the central or north central part of Washington and look for Mule and/or Whitetail deer. I would like to ask if anyone would be willing to suggest where I should focus my attention. Some of the GMUs I have looked at are 247-251, 254, 262, 266, and 269. I apologize if this is not proper etiquette in the hunting community, but I thought this would be a great place to start. Thanks!

Have a great day,

Tony

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Location: Olympia, WA
Joined: 04/09/2005
Posts: 140
New to hunting in Washington. Where should I go?

I would recommend that you try the blacktail hunt west of the pacific crest first before taking off for distant lands.....

First off, since you are new, you will have four weekends of blacktail hunting. Muley is only two weekends for modern rifle.

Secondly, for a new guy, this is closer, you can hunt from your home in Seattle, and drive to quality blacktail areas....move around a bit, and not worry too much about the camping portion of the hunt. Focus on one thing, blacktail.

Lastly, I dont want anymore newbies on the east side of the state ruining my Muley hunt... lol Just kidding, but it just seems easier to hit things a bit closer as you perfect the art of hunting....

Good luck and welcome to hunting.

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Location: OlyWa
Joined: 04/27/2005
Posts: 472
New to hunting in Washington. Where should I go?

I agree with Ice..

If you don't have contacts or know an area on the eastside of the state you could spend a lot of time and money going in circles.

More frequent, shorter trips to east King County or even Pierce or Snohomish counties will save you some money and time. You could even scout a couple weekends before season.

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Location: Seattle WA
Joined: 09/15/2009
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New to hunting in Washington. Where should I go?

Thank you guys very much for your input. It seems like sound advice. I look forward to getting out there and gaining some experience.

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Location: Olympia, WA
Joined: 04/09/2005
Posts: 140
New to hunting in Washington. Where should I go?

malachi, hit up the wash dept of wildlife website. Alot to offer there for the new guys....gmu harvest stats (which dont really mean that much but are helpful...) to a good map service to help you locate huntable lands.

Good luck, aim twice and shoot once!

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